Riding in Spider Kingdom

What makes anyone think naming a trail Spider Kingdom is a good idea? And yes, a banana spider hung from its web next to the sign. But since we were determined to ride, we continued from the Landbridge Trailhead through Spider Kingdom, and fortunately, didn’t see another spider on our eleven mile ride.

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Butterflies and flowers outnumbered spiders on the shady, single track trail, part of the Cross Florida Greenway. Am I the only one who thinks Butterfly Kingdom would be a more appealing name for the path?

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We rode over trails with pine needles hiding roots, stumps, limbs, rocks and pinecones. This was a test of my ability to maneuver tight turns and obstacles.

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We even had to lift our bikes over downed trees in more than one location.

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All in all Spider Kingdom proved to be an enjoyable trail and one that provided some new challenges…without getting lost…unlike another couple we met in the parking lot.

We’re planning a repeat trip, but next time adding a little more distance riding from the Landbridge to Santos, hopefully without spiders.

Bike Trail Land Bridge

IMG_5705.JPGIt’s hard to believe I’d never been to the Land Bridge Trail Head on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway until last week. Especially since when driving south on I-75, I’ve been saying I want to go out to the Land Bridge since the day it opened. I know that’s been more than 10 years!

IMG_5714.JPGWhile the trail wasn’t paved, a usual requirement, it was hard packed, wide, and shady, with few roots or other obstacles. The round trip ride was relatively short, only about six miles, but it was enjoyable and gave us a preview of what to expect on the other trails in this network.

I even surprised John when I told him I wanted to try the Blue Loop back to the trail head. The Blue Loop’s a single track trail, and that’s not the type of riding I usually like. This turned out to be a good decision. We rode along the narrow trail without a hitch. It had few roots, stumps, rocks, or other obstructions, and I only missed a couple of turns. Now I know that I can ride other moderate difficulty, “blue” trails on the Cross Florida Greenway.

IMG_5821.JPGHaving successfully ridden the single track trail back to the Land Bridge Trail Head, next time we’ll ride the 49th Avenue Trail.

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